In November I had a lovely visit with Halldóra and Irina and they just so happened to bring a little gift with them from Lóa! A beautiful set of wool to make my own Hyrna, a traditional Icelandic shawl! I hadn’t been knitting for months and this was just the kick in the pants I needed to pick up my needles again. I made my way over to the Purple Purl to pick up some addi Turbo needles (the best needles IMO) so I could get started.
The wool is from Hespuhúsið in Hvanneyri where the Loa took me the last time I visited. The set she sent me contained 150 grams of beautifully plant-based dyed, Icelandic lamb-wool with a pattern in tow. I checked it out and you can find wool from Hespuhúsið on Etsy.
I knitted intensely for a couple solid weeks until it was time to cast-off. Once the shawl was off the needles I decided it was time to try blocking… truth be told, I had never blocked before. Look at all those lumps and bubbles, it was time I give it a try.
After giving the wool a good wash I set it out on a towel and pinned it in place, letting it dry and take form.
Boom. Look at that lump-less beauty!
And just like that it was time to rock the shawl.
I’m so delightfully happy with this and loving the colours. Now all I need is a broach to hold it together 🙂